The 2016 YT Capra AL is absurdly good value

YT makes everyone elses' bikes look expensive, again

YT is rolling out its 2016 models and first out of the gate is the company's alloy Capra – which looks to have blown the value benchmark forward considerably once again. While geometry and frame design remain unchanged from the current Capra AL, the consumer-direct company has added a third, value-priced built kit and updated all the frames with new paint schemes.

Capra AL 

The capra al:
The capra al:

The new entry-level Capra AL comes equipped with a 160mm RockShox Yari fork paired with a RockShox Monarch R rear shock that serves up 165mm of rear wheel travel. The drivetrain consists of SRAM’s GX1 group with a Race Face Æffect crankset. SRAM also handles braking duties with the DB5 brakes.

The claimed weight for the Capra AL is 30.8 / 14kg. The Capra AL will retail for US$2,899 / €2,299 / AUS $4,299, and for those of us in the UK that currently translates to just over £1,600!

Capra AL Comp 1 

The capra al comp 1:
The capra al comp 1:

The Capra AL Comp 1 gets the new RockShox Lyric in a 170mm version. Out back, it uses the RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 to provide 165mm of rear travel. Like the Capra AL, the Comp 1 relies on SRAM’s GX1 transmission, but upgrades the crankset to the lighter Race Face Turbine model. The brakes also get bumped up to SRAM’s Guide R model.

The claimed weight for the Capra AL Comp 1 is 30.6lb /13.9kg. The Capra AL Comp 1 will retail for $3,499 / €2,799 / AUS $5,199. At the current exchange rate this will retail for just under £1,960.

Capra AL Comp 2 

The capra al comp 2 gets a double crankset:
The capra al comp 2 gets a double crankset:

The Comp 2 model shares most of the same kit as the Comp 1, including the Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock, SRAM Guide R brakes, and a GX1 transmission with Race Face Turbine crankset. But this build is a bit more climb-friendly, with a 2x11 drivetrain. The Capra Comp 2 also sports a 160mm RockShox Pike RCT3  fork.

The claimed weight for the Capra AL Comp 2 is 31.3lb / 14.2kg. The Capra AL Comp 2 will retail for $3,499 / €2,799 / AUS $5,199. At the current exchange rate this will retail for just under £1,960.

Shared components

All three alloy Capra kits feature RockShox Reverb seatposts and roll on DT Swiss 1900 wheelsets wrapped in Maxxis HighRoller II treads.


The Capra AL, Capra AL Comp 1, and Capra AL Comp 2 are now available for pre-order at YT plans to begin shipping in early February 2016. 

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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